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Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup  

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This little beast delivers a warm, smooth tone, reminiscent of an old '59 Patent Applied For humbucker mixed together with a healthy dose of beefed up Tele twang. The ST59-1 Little 59 lead pickup has ... Read More

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Overview

This little beast delivers a warm, smooth tone, reminiscent of an old '59 Patent Applied For humbucker mixed together with a healthy dose of beefed up Tele twang. The ST59-1 Little 59 lead pickup has a 4-conductor cable.

Features
  • Hybrid lead pickup
  • Warm, smooth tone
  • Similar to '59 PAF but twangier
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One year replacement warranty on all pickups.


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Seymour DuncanST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

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great sound and hot pickup

First off, I have an american standard tele that I was getting tired of the hum and lack of clarity in the stock pickups. I was a little skeptical of this pickup and the...Read complete review

First off, I have an american standard tele that I was getting tired of the hum and lack of clarity in the stock pickups. I was a little skeptical of this pickup and the sound I would get out of it. I wanted to add some punch to the mids, but also wanted to quiet down the hum from the single coil. I was considering getting some of the noiseless pickups, but as these are not really any "hotter" than the stock PUs I went with this pickup. I was very very happy with this decision. the Lil'59 was installed in the bridge position and it changed the whole sound of my guitar. The middle selection (bridge & neck) sounds much cleaner and still has twang to it, while the bridge only selection sounds more like a gibson humbucker. Did I mention the guitar is much quieter now? the bridge and neck combined and bridge only selection are virtually noiseless now, and the neck only pickup was pretty quiet to start with so +++++. I would definitely recomend this pickup if you are looking to give your tele some added punch without losing the twangy bluesy sound we all buy tele's for.

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ehhh...

the pickup is pretty easy to install and definitely sounds different than the stock tele bridge, but I expected it to have more clarity. If you are looking for clarity don't go for this...Read complete review

the pickup is pretty easy to install and definitely sounds different than the stock tele bridge, but I expected it to have more clarity. If you are looking for clarity don't go for this pickup, if you want a hotter high gain pickup for your tele then definitely go for this one. Sounds ok in OD with much higher mids and no hum which is nice. overall I gave it a 3 because I thought the clarity would be there, but it is quite muddy sounding at high volumes.

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1.0

Questionable

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from Burlington, VT

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Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

I bought this pickup and installed it into my Telecaster. It was the worst sounding pickup I've ever heard. Honky, with a weird EQ that just made it not useable. I've now gone back to the stock pickup until I can find a replacement. I really don't know if I received a dud or what. All reviews I've looked at were favorable, but when I contacted Seymour Duncan, they wouldn't speak to me about warranty because it was purchased through Guitar Center.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Big Improvement over the standard Pickup. Can be used for a split coil Tele setup.

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from Evansville, Indiana

Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

I installed one is a Squire Tele in an hour and a half for a friend. The standard Chinese single coil was ok but didn't have the Tele Twang. The Little 59 Tele pickup turned an inexpensive guitar into a great sounding axe. The high gain channel was much cleaner for shredding and the pickup is dead quiet in all three switch positions when playing is stopped, even in high gain mode on the amp. I did adjust the lipstick pickup closer to the strings to get the pickups balanced and the bridge moved a bit due to a slightly larger dimension at the pickup base over the single coil. Adjusted intonation (Low E at extended limit). Overall it was a very good improvement. The Little 59 Tele pickup is a four wire pickup. It's possible to install a push-pull volume pot and split the coils. The wiring diagram is included with the pickup for series or split coils. I'm looking forward to that mod on my next Tele project. The Seymour Duncan quality is evident in the product and packaging. The little Squire is now a great tool for improving skills at a very economical price. Overall the pickup is worth every dime.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

'59 tele

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from Detroit Michigan

Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

This is a great pickup for any Tele player looking for a nice chunky humbucker tone while still preserving some of that Tele twang.I have one in my 1989 Fender American Standard Telecaster and I could not be happier.Sounds great when you wire it for the coil splitting option also.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

ehhh...

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from denver, co

Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

the pickup is pretty easy to install and definitely sounds different than the stock tele bridge, but I expected it to have more clarity. If you are looking for clarity don't go for this pickup, if you want a hotter high gain pickup for your tele then definitely go for this one. Sounds ok in OD with much higher mids and no hum which is nice. overall I gave it a 3 because I thought the clarity would be there, but it is quite muddy sounding at high volumes.

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great sound and hot pickup

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from denver, co

Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

First off, I have an american standard tele that I was getting tired of the hum and lack of clarity in the stock pickups. I was a little skeptical of this pickup and the sound I would get out of it. I wanted to add some punch to the mids, but also wanted to quiet down the hum from the single coil. I was considering getting some of the noiseless pickups, but as these are not really any "hotter" than the stock PUs I went with this pickup. I was very very happy with this decision. the Lil'59 was installed in the bridge position and it changed the whole sound of my guitar. The middle selection (bridge & neck) sounds much cleaner and still has twang to it, while the bridge only selection sounds more like a gibson humbucker. Did I mention the guitar is much quieter now? the bridge and neck combined and bridge only selection are virtually noiseless now, and the neck only pickup was pretty quiet to start with so +++++. I would definitely recomend this pickup if you are looking to give your tele some added punch without losing the twangy bluesy sound we all buy tele's for.

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pure, Amazing Sound!

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from Portland, OR

Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

At first, I was very skeptical of the little 59, thinking it was too weak. I'm quite picky when it comes to my tone. I've tried SD's Hot Lead Stack and Hot Rails but none of them seemed to produce that "crisp" vintage sound I was looking for. The Hot Lead Stack was too weak, while the Hot Rails was too overpowering, which only serves to those who play metal, and only metal. With the little 59, I was extremely blown away by its versatility. It provides a smooth tone when played clean, and sounds even more slick when overdriven. --Blues, Jazz, Classic Rock, Indie: amazing. Heck, it even sounds like a metal beast when played with heavy distortion. I play it through a Fender 72 Telecaster Custom and haven't been able to put the guitar down since I've gotten this pickup installed. If you're contemplating to buy this, do it, NOW. You won't regret it.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Recommended

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from south florida

Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

Good pickup, easy home installation. The only problem is that you have to use your own style of standoffs for the pickup. The stock springs set off an ungodly amount of microphonic feedback when you use overdrive or distortion, and the supplied tubing ones arent long enough. I cut my own out of small rubber plant irrigation tubing and they work great. Just get the pickup tight and you won't have too much problems with it. The sound is NICE. Real good Led Zep feel if you ask me, with distortion. Clean, I think it could have some improvements. But overall it's good.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good pickup! Reccomended.

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from South Florida

Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

I put this in my Squier Tele(standard series) today, by myself. It took me about an hour, but now that I know how to do it I could do it in about 30 minutes. It sounds less than appealing, in my opinion, clean. Distorted or with overdrive, however, it sounds awesome. I play mostly classic rock with some newer hard rock to some metal. This hits the Zeppelin spot just right. Pretty much anything I play on the guitar with distortion sounds good. As I said, the clean sound really isn't all that great, but it is still better than the stock pickup it came with. Just make sure to replace the neck pickup too, because it will sound extremely weak compared to the humbucker.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little 59

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from Arlington, Texas

Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

Wow! I installed this in my Mexico Cherry Sunburst Tele with a push/pull volume to switch between single and humbucker modes. It's my stealth Tele. Nice, fat tone with plenty of Tele "pop", while keeping that twang for those country piano rolls and beautiful Roy Buchanan volume swells via the volume knob(forget a volume pedal). Kick in a little overdrive and it's hometown, brother. Good stuff, Seymour.

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(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One Fine Little 59!

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from Michigan

Comments about Seymour Duncan ST59-1 Little 59 Telecaster Pickup:

This pickup has an attractive warm sound to it. I had one installed on my 90's Telecaster Deluxe, which has a Strat pickup in the neck and center of the guitar. The guitar tech set my guitar up so the Little 59 plays in single coil in the 4th position (along with the middle pickup)and then a full hum-b in the 5th. This is a great set up and sounds much better than the original stock telecaster pickup and wiring, that Fender originally had in the guitar. I highly recommend the Little 59, as it is quiet and has a lot of balls for a small sized pickup!

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